Portable DMFC using mixed-reactants

Period of Performance: 12/01/2003 - 05/31/2004

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mesoscopic Devices, LLC
510 Compton Street, Suite 106
Broomfield, CO 80020
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Mesoscopic Devices proposes to develop an advanced direct methanol fuel cell generator using mixed reactant technology. Our approach combines an advanced compact mixed-reactant stack with a tightly integrated balance of plant specifically configured to take advantage of the unique characteristics of mixed-reactant DMFC stacks. The combination of the mixed-reactant stack with the innovative BOP design will allow simultaneous increases in the power density and reductions in cost. The proposed design is significantly simpler and more compact than conventional DMFC designs. In Phase I, the feasibility of the innovative approach will be demonstrated through fabrication of mixed-reactant stacks and design of a complete power generator including all components of the unique balance of plant.